Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The House Bunny (2008)

Shelley (Anna Faris): They're kicking me out?
Marvin: Maybe it's because of your age.
Shelley: But I'm 27.
Marvin (Owen Benjamin): But that's 59 in Bunny Years.

"Shell – just a quick little sidenote – uh, I don’t think some of the girls in this house have even seen their own bodies naked, so they probably don’t want to see your perfectly engineered boobs."
- Natalie (Emma Stone)

[After the mute Lily suddenly delivers a long soliloquy]
Natalie: Lily, you talked!
Carrie Mae (Dana Goodman): And you’re British?

At a glance: The story of a rejected Playboy bunny who becomes the House Mother for a misfit college sorority doesn’t have much going for it in either the plot or comedy area, but it somehow manages to be light and charmingly inept, and will be a pleasure to watch for any man who enjoys women dressed as hookers

Shelley (Anna Faris) is an orphan girl grows up into a beautiful woman and is ‘adopted’ into the Playboy mansion, where she becomes the ‘House Bunny’, the social organizer in a world of glitz, glamor, and parties. But all that ends abruptly when she is kicked out for being too old. Her next gig is as the house mother of a failed college sorority, when the 7 female members are tops as campus misfits and the target of jokes. Shelley’s new job is to make these girls appealing and save the doomed sorority. Lighter than a feather, the film occasionally shows no respect for the intelligence of the audience (it is no surprise that Adam Sandler’s name pops up on the production side), but on the positive side, it gives a talented cast of female comic actresses a chance to shine, and, or course, there are the multitude of women in bikinis and ‘lady of the evening’ attire. Faris’ performance varies from clumsy to brilliant; in a better director’s hands, she may very well shine in another film (but not this one). Hugh Hefner gets a C+ for his acting, as he proves that he’s much better at assembling a houseful of overendowed blondes than he is at delivering lines on camera. By the way, if Oliver’s face looks familiar, that could be because he is played by Colin Hanks (son of Tom). Rating: 2 of 4

"It's computer-written stuff, stiffly directed by first-timer Fred Wolf, but it's light and fun and sports a decent quota of passable gags."
- Jim Schembri (The Age [Australia])

"Depressingly for a film written by two women, it's relentlessly sexist in its insistence that, in order to attract men, women must appear brainless and dress like a hooker."
- Christopher Tookey (Daily Mail [UK])

"It is not a classic and it’s not going to win any awards but it is great, simple, stupid fun - it does exactly what it says on the tin."
- Heart 106.2

"There's a sublimely goofy tone to this profoundly inept film that keeps us smiling from start to finish."
- Rich Cline (Shadows on the Wall)

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